Suc­cess­ful Prescott

Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

The sev­enth an­nual Prescott Bike Fes­ti­val, held at the home of the Bu­gatti Own­ers’ Club, on Sun­day, April 9, was hailed as the most suc­cess­ful yet. Thanks to the glo­ri­ous weather over 6,000 mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts flocked to a sun-baked Prescott to sup­port the fundrais­ing event for Blood Bikes and were treated to a whole feast of en­ter­tain­ment both on and off the track. Fes­ti­val Or­gan­iser Gor­don Downie said: “It was a hugely suc­cess­ful Bike Fest and we’d like to thank ev­ery­one who helped make it so, from those that took to the hill, the en­ter­tain­ers, mu­si­cians, vol­un­teers, mar­shals, bike clubs to trade stands and ex­hibitors – not least the thousands of vis­i­tors who came to sup­port us. “We will post the fi­nal re­sults on our Face­book page, but early indi­ca­tions are that a record-break­ing sum has been raised for the Blood Bike char­i­ties this year. Ex­cit­ing plans are al­ready afoot for next year, the event be­ing held on Sun­day, April 15.” The Mayor of Glouces­ter, Coun Neil Hamp­son said: “I am de­lighted to sup­port the work of the Blood Bik­ers. As a district qual­i­fied nurse, I un­der­stand the im­por­tance of the ser­vice that they pro­vide mov­ing vi­tal med­i­cal sup­plies, blood, pathol­ogy sam­ples and hu­man breast milk from med­i­cal cen­tres and hos­pi­tals through­out the UK. Prescott Bike Fes­ti­val is a great fun way for the char­ity to boost its fundrais­ing and pro­file”. Amongst the many VIPS in at­ten­dance was David Hail­wood, son of the leg­endary Mike ‘the Bike’ Hail­wood, Nor­ton side­car rac­ing World Side­car Cham­pion Stan Dibben, Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing cham­pion Rod Scivyer and pop­u­lar Bri­tish sport­ing hero Ed­die ‘the Ea­gle’ Ed­wards. Ed­die took to the hill in a Grin­nall three­wheeler. On the hill Matt Mcke­own thrilled the crowds once again with his Chi­nook he­li­copter en­gine pow­ered Shop­ping Trol­ley and his lat­est project, the World’s Fastest jet pow­ered Hearse called ‘Dead Quick’ which he hopes to set a new 200mph record in later this sum­mer, and en­gi­neer Tom ‘The Atom’ An­able was ec­static to ac­tu­ally reach the top of the hill climb course in his record-break­ing Monowheel. The event fea­tured large dis­plays of his­toric, modern and race bikes, a Pad­dock Spe­cials Show ‘n’ Tell area, and the unique op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers of the pub­lic to take part in the spec­ta­cle by ‘run­ning the hill’ or par­tic­i­pat­ing in thrilling pas­sen­ger ride ex­pe­ri­ences. En­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided with live mu­sic, stunt shows, trade stands, mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers and mo­tor­cy­cle clubs, all help­ing to raise vi­tal money and aware­ness for the Blood Bikes char­i­ties to help keep them on the road. All pro­ceeds from the event go to the Na­tion­wide As­so­ci­a­tion of Blood Bikes and re­gional blood bike group Sev­ern Free­wheel­ers, one of 27 blood bike groups around the UK that pro­vide a free out-of-hours courier ser­vice for med­i­cal essentials. The life-sav­ing ser­vice is run by vol­un­teers and op­er­ates be­tween NHS fa­cil­i­ties, with Sev­ern Free­wheel­ers alone deal­ing with around 400 calls per month on emer­gency re­sponse BMW R1200RTS. The on­line pho­to­graphic gallery has now gone live: tinyurl.com/l9m­r6xq

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